The second World War was at full tilt and throughout a big part of the world, times were tough. It was no time for luxury or jewellery, all European economies transformed from free markets to war economies helping their people through the war. Potatoes were apportioned among the population and many things became scarce. One country was an exception to this situation; Switzerland.
Switzerland was under some sort of surveillance, but they were neutral and didn’t take part in the war. They continued to do what they are famous for, produce wristwatches. The demand for traditional wristwatches vanished with the start of the second World War, but fortunately for Switzerland, a new customer knocked on the door; the British army. The war had already started and the British army realised that new, more precise and watertight wristwatches could come in handy in such a big war and their local watch producers weren’t as good as the Swiss ones. Then the Minister of Defence invited all Swiss watch manufacturers to build them watches with all the same standards. Chronometer precision, easily legible, waterproof, stainless steel casing and approximately 35mm in diameter.
A dozen watch manufacturers got their hands dirty and built these watches, ultimately producing the watches today are known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches which are now more famous and desirable than ever. One of the most popular pieces from these twelve dirty watches is this Omega. It has all the characters described in the previous paragraph and still runs like it’s 1944. The condition of the case is incredible considering its age and history. Furthermore, the dial is in great shape and really gives you the military feeling with the arrowhead below the Omega logo. This collector’s item is finished with the appropiete case back engraved with a military number and W.W.W.
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